News Releases, Media Advisories

For Immediate Release:                                  Contact:  Sharon Snyder
June 5, 1998                                                      Ron Harris
                                                                  Ian Stirton
                                                                  Kelly Huff

CAMPAIGNS CITED FOR FAILURE TO FILE PREPRIMARY REPORT

WASHINGTON South Carolina will be holding primary elections on June 9, 1998, to select candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act require committees supporting candidates involved in the primary to file reports of their financial activity 12 days before the election.

As of 5 p.m. , June 4, 1998, disclosure reports from the following committees had not been filed:

SC/03...COMMITTEE TO ELECT LINDSEY GRAHAM...NEIL BYERLEY, TREAS...LINDSEY O. GRAHAM...REP

SC/06...MIKE WILSON FOR CONGRESS...MARY F. GAFFNEY, TREAS...MICHAEL WILSON...DEM

The reports were to include financial activity occurring from April 1 through May 20. If sent by certified or registered mail, the reports should have been postmarked by May 25. Otherwise, the due date was closeofbusiness May 28.

Some individuals and their committees have no obligation to file reports under federal election law, even though their names may appear on state ballots. If an individual raises or spends less than $5,000, he or she is not considered a "candidate" subject to reporting under the FECA.

The FEC notified committees involved in the primary of their potential filing requirements on May 4. Those committees which did not file on the due date were notified on May 29 that reports had not been received and that their names would be published if they did not respond within four business days.

Other political committees supporting Senate and House candidates in elections (those which are not authorized units of a candidate's campaign) also are required to file preprimary reports, unless they report monthly. Those committee names are not published by the FEC.

Further Commission action against nonfilers and late filers is decided on a casebycase basis. Federal law gives the FEC broad authority to initiate enforcement actions, including the imposition of civil penalties ($5,500 for "any violation" and $11,000 for any "knowing and willful" violation).

The next regularly scheduled disclosure reports for candidate committees will be the quarterly report, due July 15. It will cover activity from May 21 through June 30.

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